• Date: Sat 30 January 2010
  • Venue: The Riverside Stadium
  • Ref: Webster, C
  • Attendance: 17,865

Middlesbrough vs Bristol City

Team Lineups


Danny Coyne
Justin Hoyte (Julio Arca, 64)
Jonathan Grounds
Tony McMahon
David Wheater
Willo Flood
Gary O'Neil
Barry Robson
Adam Johnson, A
Leroy Lita (Jonathan Franks, 73)
Chris Killen

Bristol City

Dean Gerken
Bradley Orr
Jamie McAllister
Liam Fontaine
Louis Carey
Lewin Nyatanga (Ivan Sproule, 85)
Paul Hartley
Cole Skuse (Marvin Elliott, 46)
Jamal Campbell-Ryce
Nicky Maynard (Danny Haynes, 71)
Patrick Agyemang

Match Report
Midfielder Barry Robson was sent off on his home debut for Middlesbrough as they were held to a goalless draw by Bristol City. Robson, a recent £600,000 purchase from Celtic, was dismissed in the 56th minute when shown his second yellow card for a foul. Middlesbrough hoped to follow up their impressive 4-1 midweek win over Doncaster against a side reeling from a 6-0 rout by Cardiff City. In his programme notes, Boro manager Gordon Strachan wrote: "I'm not going to mislead the fans by wearing a scarf and kidding them I have been a Middlesbrough supporter since I was a youngster, but I will strive to give our supporters a team they are proud of. It might take a few months, or it might take a year, but that is our aim. "Our form in a lot of matches has been good but we have not been getting the results that our performances deserve." There was pre-match speculation as to whether Boro's England Under-21 international winger Adam Johnson would be making his last appearance at the Riverside Stadium. The highly-rated Johnson has been linked with Manchester City and Boro fans will await to see whether the super-rich club increase their reported £5million bid before Monday's transfer deadline. After a quiet opening, Willo Flood had a shot blocked by the City defence after a brilliant run. Middlesbrough enjoyed the greater possession but failed to achieve a breakthrough against a packed defence. Robson was booked for a foul after 32 minutes. There was a lack of atmosphere in the stadium and the game desperately needed a goal to lift the crowd. Jamal Campbell-Ryce was lively for the visitors but he lacked support. Immediately after the break, Paul Hartley blasted a shot wide for the Robins. For Middlesbrough, Johnson broke down the right, cut inside and then unleashed a fierce shot wide. Chris Killen appeared to miss a glorious chance for Middlesbrough but a linesman's flag had been raised. Campbell-Ryce tried a long distance shot from near the touchline that had Danny Coyne back-pedalling to check the danger. In stoppage time, the unmarked David Wheater missed a glorious scoring chance for Middlesbrough when he headed wide from a Gary O'Neil corner. Bristol City manager Gary Johnson will have been pleased with the resilience of his side after the Cardiff rout, but overall this was a poor advertisement for the Championship with limited thrills and entertainment value.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.


Bristol City are replacing Lewin Nyatanga with Ivan Sproule.


Middlesbrough are replacing Leroy Lita with Jonathan Franks.


Nicky Maynard is replaced by Danny Haynes.

Yellow Card

Louis Carey is booked for unsporting behaviour.


Justin Hoyte is being taken off, Julio Arca has come on in his place.

Yellow Card

Patrick Agyemang is booked for unsporting behaviour.

Red Card

It's red. He's off. Barry Robson has been sent off.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Lewin Nyatanga.


Cole Skuse is replaced by Marvin Elliott.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 0.

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Barry Robson.


The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff

Middlesbrough face Bristol City at 3pm on Saturday, January 30th.